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Long Post - You Have Been Warned

I was going to do a series of separate, smaller posts, but lethargy has resulted in the mega-post. Let’s begin with the TV round up:

Psych - I still don’t know how I feel about this show. On the one hand, I like the two leads, particularly Dule Hill as Gus. I love how Gus is so eager to rush to the crime scene as soon as Shawn provides him with a juicy detail, but as soon as they get there and they find either a gruesome discovery or confrontation he’s looking for the nearest bathroom to throw up or passing out. :)

The problem is that the cases have been snoozefests and the supporting players bordering on clichés. If the nemesis police detective had a moustache, he may be twirling it. And while I largely like James Roday as Shawn (he’s cute, he’s funny), his exaggerated mannerisms to go along with his ‘visions’ have already begun grating.

Nightmares & Dreamscapes: Or when good actors get lousy material. I watched two episodes, was unimpressed, and about to give up when raislak highly recommended the Ron Livingston episode. I found it On Demand and decided to give the series one last chance. I ended up fast-forwarding through half of it. I can only assume Stephen King came up with this idea after seeing Serenity.

Life on Mars - My Flist, you did not mislead me on this. I liked it a lot, though no deep thoughts at this point.

Dead Like Me - I’ll reiterate, very Wondersfallish (same guy behind them both so no surprise), but the characters are very different so any similarities aren’t really bugging me. Thus far, Roxy is my favorite character. She’s sarcastic, somewhat cynical, and a little bit bitter. Maybe I like her because she reminds me a lot of…me. ;) Mason is cute and has the accent going for him, but my TV boyfriends have to be smart and sexy and how he died killed the smart part. ;p

Amazing Screw on Head: I’m not a huge animated series fan but I heard David Hyde Pierce and Paul Giammati were voicing two of the characters so I had to check this one out. OMG, it’s so good! Snappy, intelligent dialogue, cool animation, and did I mention the leads? Definitely check this one out – Sci-Fi, Thursday, 10:30est.

So my most recent ‘How Much Did You Spend On This’ purchase (TM my mother) is the audio recording of the BBC adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. When I fangirl, about the only thing that will stop me from buying are the dreaded words “Region 2”. Luckily, CDs are universal so after I discovered that one of Jamie’s radio performances was actually available for listening (the BBC sucks at archiving) I handed over my money to the folks at amazon.com.uk.


I have to say, just being able to listen to Jamie perform in a very, very proper English accent, it was well worth the money. Not to mention the added bonuses of hearing him sing, not well, and listening to him throw up. Usually the latter bit would make me gag, but it was quite an amusing official introduction to his character and I'm sure he was quite cute performing this. ;)

One of the reviews I read mentioned that the production had a fine cast (I agree, great performances all around), but that Jamie lacked a mature voice. I know I’m biased, but I don’t agree with that statement. To begin with, we are introduced to Sebastian at age 18 and he should sound young. When we last hear from Sebastian in his early thirties, you can tell how worn down he is by life and his alcoholism. How it's aged him and not for the better. And there is one scene in particular where he laments to his friend (and more if you listen to this as I did) Charles that Charles is being stolen from him by his charismatic family and it just breaks my heart.

After Sebastian/Jamie largely disappears early in disc 3, I admit, my interest waned. I actually had to check out wikipedia to find out what I was suppose to get from this story overall. I took it to be about the Flyte family and, in particular, the relationship between Sebastian and Charles. Oh no, it’s about Catholicism and God’s grace. And as the story draws to a close those aspects are laid on in a rather heavy handed manner.

It doesn’t help that the characters lack substance and why they act as they do is never made clear. This may not be the fault of the book, rather the editing for this production. There’s much talk about Sebastian’s distaste for his family, but they are, for the most part, depicted as flawed, but decent people. There is never a clear explanation, imho, as to why Sebastian lives such a miserable life that pushes him towards chronic alcoholism for escape. And it was laughable to me how Julia goes from divorcing her husband to marry Charles, a man she admittedly deeply loves, to chucking him and living in misery in order to repent for her “sin”.

What perplexes me most is that there is apparently debate (again, courtesy of wikipedia) as to whether Sebastian and Charles loved each other or loved each other. The mini series from the 80’s I believe played up that aspect as did whoever adapted the story for radio. Given some of the dialogue, I don’t know how there could be any doubt. I could buy that given the time, Catholic ideals, and a sense of propriety that *maybe* they wouldn’t act on their feelings in a physical manner, but with a lack of build up to Charles and Julia’s great love I have to rationalize that since he couldn’t have Sebastian, Charles settled for a female version of him.

Though I haven’t commented much I wanted all you WriterCon attendees to know I’ve been reading all your posts and enjoying your recaps. And pictures! It’s nice to put faces with names of people I have not yet met.

Battlestar Galactica 2007 calendar! From the cover it looks as if the images are taken from the mini and season 1, but calendar! :-)

Galacticanews provided a link to a transcript provided by tunfaire at captainapollo of Jamie's interview in the lastest official BSG magazine. There be SPOILERS. However, if you skip the second question and answer -"How do you think that year affected Lee as a character?" - and the third question and answer - "How do you think his relationship with his father has been affected?" - there is nothing spoilery and Jamie provides some very interesting insights into his character and the show. My favorite revelation may be he is wearing Grace/Sharon's pregnancy tummy to bulk him up! :)

ETA:

SG-1

Seriously, what is up with the pigtails? They really have to go.

And if only to add another dynamic to my viscious shipper war with danceswithwords, Cam/Vala 4EVA!

Cam and Shep together? All kinds of hot. If any of you see and icon of there brief moment of glory together, please let me know.

OK, Teal'c and Chris Judge were just all sorts of odd in this episode. Of course, Chris probably got to spend two days shooting in a little box all for a minute of screentime (which felt totally forced). I probably wouldn't have put much effort into it either.

And I think the show has officially collapsed under the weight of it's own mythology. I have no clue what they are talking about.

Atlantis

I was actually embarrased at many points for the actors. I had to cover my eyes twice. And the story was completely predictable. Sheppard is immune because he has a cold. Wow! Didn't see that coming!

I actually did like Sheppard in this ep. Probably because I could identify with him looking at the rest like they were insane.

I'll never get Shep/Rodney, but boy that bit at the end was just playing into the fans fantasies.
Tags: brideshead_revisited, bsg s3, jamie_bamber, stargate, tv_musings
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